Dashcam video may prove that a border patrol agent lied about the cause of a crash that he was involved in.
The video was shot by the other person involved in the accident, choosing only to go by the name Ted. According to reports, Ted is a New York-based technology blogger for dealspin.com who recently installed a dashboard camera onto his car so that he could get footage while he was driving. Luckily for Ted, his new purchase wound up becoming extremely useful.
Video shows Ted driving through an intersection with a green light when, suddenly, a border patrol van turning left hits him head on. Ted immediately calls emergency services, but not before the border patrol agent gets out of this vehicle, which had flipped over, and yells at the blogger.
“A few minutes later, as I was on the phone with 911, the driver of the van, a big burly guy in plainclothes, came running over to me with his U.S. Border patrol badge exposed, screaming ‘Didn’t you see the light? Did you not see the light?’” wrote Ted in his account. “When the (real) cops came, the driver further accused me of going through a red light and causing the accident. All the passengers in the Border Patrol van repeated the same line: that I went through a red light.”
Ted says that he believed he didn’t do anything wrong, so when he went home later that day, he reviewed the footage on his dashcam.
“After I got home, I uploaded the video, and lo and behold: The light was green! After reviewing the video a few times, I realized exactly what had happened,” wrote Ted. “The US border van had white and blue lights flashing on top of the van, causing the 2 cars in the left and center lanes to stop and let the van make a left turn (which was an illegal left, as you can see in the video). I was in the right lane, so I did not see the flashing lights, because from the driver’s seat, the Border Patrol van was blocked by the other 2 cars. Furthermore, red flashing lights might have caught my attention, but faint white and blue lights in bright sunlight did not give me any indication of an emergency vehicle approaching. Not that the van had any excuse for ramming into me. I spoke to an accident attorney today, and he told me that, even in the event of an emergency, an emergency vehicle must take care and caution while driving, especially when they are doing something improper such as cutting into ongoing traffic.”
Ted recently posted an update with a picture of the police report showing that the border patrol officer lied about the circumstances of the crash.